CTI 14:22 2016-2017
Guitar, Vocals, Sound Tech
Birthday: November 15
Hometown: Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Favorite Bible Passage: Romans 8:14-17
Musical Influences: Coldplay, Relient K, Foster the People, Muse, Lincoln Brewster, Bethel Music
Favorite Movie: Inception
Favorite Book: anything suspenseful with a good plot
Hobbies: Reading, watching movies, eating food, ingesting facts and regurgitating them to people around him.
Cameron is a self-described nerd about all things music. He loves to learn about random things.
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Whelp everyone we’ve done it.
Today, 14:22 played its final program of Winter Tour in Spring Green Wisconsin. These past thirteen weeks have been a real trip, we’ve been through Twenty-Two states and a Canadian province, played at numerous venues and made countless new friends. We have been super blessed by all of our ministry contacts and hosts these past weeks and though tour has been exhausting, God has totally been at work through each and every one of us throughout this tour and I can’t wait to see what He has for us next. Tomorrow we head back to good old Minnesota to debrief and then we get a much needed Easter break. Here are just a few highlights from our Winter Tour…
Tobogganing in Iowa
Rockford Rescue Mission in Illinois
Soaking up the sun in Florida
YFC camp in Ontario
Last venue of the tour!
Greeting from the great frozen expanse of Canada,
This past week, we as 14:22 have had to once again face the phenomenon known as cold weather. Throughout this winter tour we’ve had the fortune of touring through many of the southern US states and thus avoided a lot of the winter cold.
Though the weather may have been cold recently, the people we’ve been hanging out with certainly haven’t been. Over the past week, we’ve had the pleasure of revisiting our friends at Amazing Grace Fellowship in Pine Bush, NY and got to make some new friends along the way as well. Mostly recently, we’ve been in Ontario, Canada, where we are spending about a two weeks in the Toronto area. As a team, we’ve been having a blast here Toronto. It’s been great getting to serve in the local churches here and I have been so personally encouraged by the people that I’ve gotten to speak to. Another great thing about being in Canada, is how many awesome CTI Alumni we’ve gotten to meet and reconnect with.
Winter tour has certainly been long and tiring, but God is faithful to provide for us. The thing that God has reminded me of over and over again is that serving Him is always worth it. The other night, we had the opportunity to lead worship for a young adult group here in Toronto and our team was invited to participate in the small group discussions for the evening. The group’s conversation was centered around being a a true disciple of Jesus. We looked at how in the Old Testament times being a disciple to a rabbi involved living a specific lifestyle. The purpose of being a rabbi’s disciple was so that the younger and inexperienced follower could observe, mimic and eventually live there life with the same kind of devotion as their teacher. One of the discussions that came up was centered around the idea that all of us are disciples in some capacity, all of us want to be like someone or something. I was challenged by this, because I realized that there are so many things that distract me from following Christ. For myself, these things creep up on me in the day to day things. So often I catch myself being a conditional servant of Christ. It can be easy to say that we trust God with our lives, but it is so much harder to actually live that out in the day to day.
We’ve been traveling non-stop for over two months now and tour can be really exhausting. Somedays I just wish that I could quit because I’m tired or don’t feel like dealing with the same people day in and day out. However, true discipleship of Jesus requires that we trust in God at all times even when we can’t get a handle on why things are unfolding the way that they are. As I began writing this post I heard an alternative recording of one of the songs that we play with CTI. The song is called Worth it All and I would highly encourage you all to take a listen to it as it is a great reminder of why we serve the God that we do. In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul writes that Christ’s power is made perfect in our weakness. When we fully surrender ourselves to God, He uses us in ways that we could never expect. Though it can be difficult, I have resolved that Christ is enough for me and He is truly Worth it All and I hope and pray for all of you that you can as well.
Check out the song Worth it All
Greetings one and all,
As I write this, yesterday marks the halfway mark of our team’s year long commitment to the CTI fulltime program. As I reflect upon these past six months, I can’t help but be amazed at all that God has done through our team. Because we move from place to place so often, we don’t always get to see the immediate impact of our ministry in our venues. However, one place where I can certainly see God at work is in the lives of my team members. Everyday, I am constantly reminded of and thankful that God has placed me on a team with these amazing individuals. Over the past six months, our little group has gone from a group of strangers who signed up to participate in a music ministry, to something like a second family and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s a privilege getting to see each of my teammates fulfilling their specific role in this ministry to which God has called us. With that said, like any family we certainly have our moments of tension, but its through these times that God grows us. Sometimes this growth may not make sense to us, but God knows what each and every one of us needs and is using our current experiences to prepare us for whatever is in store for us in the future.
I’ve learned so much in these past few months, but one thing that God has really been reminding me of over and over again this year is my need to rest in and fully rely upon Him. I’ll admit that I often assumed that if one was following God then life would be easy, but I’ve found it to be the exact opposite experience. Following God is not something that comes naturally to me, or to any of us as sinful humans. So often, my thoughts and selfish desires distract me from what God has for me. When I look back at the times that I’ve struggled throughout the year, I can clearly see that God was always with me in every circumstance. God has never left me, I am the one who is constantly turning from Him, but the amazing part is that, despite my constant struggles, God is always faithful to me. I have found that when I say no to my self and yes to God, it makes all the difference in the world, literally.
Over the past two weeks 14:22 has been tearing up the south and we’ve had so many amazing ministry opportunities along the way.
We began our endeavor in Missouri, where we had the chance to play at Fulton State Hospital, a home for people with special needs. At Fulton State, we were warmly welcomed by are new friends there and were sad when one of our programs got canceled due to an ice storm.
Once the ice storm had passed, we hit the road again and spent a lovely weekend in Midwest City, Oklahoma. All of us had a blast in Oklahoma and we especially enjoyed our day off seeing the sights in Oklahoma City.
Most recently, we spent a week in Texas where we had the great privilege of playing for a chapel service for the University of Mary Hardin Baylor, meeting CTI alumni Stanley Tso and spending the weekend with the awesome folks of the EFC church of NASA, Texas.
As I write this, we’re currently kicking off a week of ministry in Mississippi and Alabama. Through these past weeks God has been so faithful to us as a team. We have had so many amazing ministry opportunities and are looking forward to more. That being said, we could certainly use your prayers as we continue to travel throughout the next ten weeks. Pray for safety and good health as we travel and most of all continual faithfulness to the calling that God has given us.
This past Wednesday, 14:22 had the pleasure of playing at Community Christian School in CTI’s home town of Willmar MN. After making the the 1.5 minute trip to the school, we got to play a 45 minute set full of all of our best “pump up jams”(this was necessary since it was 9 O’clock in the morning).
I believe that so far the school was our biggest crowd, the whole school was there. It was a bit of a challenge planning a set that was relatable to an audience that spanned grades K-12, however Elijah did a great job picking songs that were fun and energetic to wake us all up.
Initially I was worried that we would be playing for a less than enthusiastic audience, as we had been informed that CTI regularly plays there and that many of these students had heard a CTI band multiple times before. However, that was not the case, we were well received and it was great being able to talk to and encourage the students at the school. Everyone sang along and we had a “mosh” pit of kindergardeners which was pretty fun. It seems like every concert we play we go in with the intent of encouraging our audience, but in the end we’re the ones who are encouraged by them.
Here are a few pictures from the school.
Elijah engaged in the never ending Batman vs Superman debate with a 5 year old.
Your Love Has Found Us!
CTI 14:22, melting faces for Jesus one Kindergardener at a time.